Guided Tour to Estufa Fria

Estufa fria
Photo © Paulo Catrica

In the context of the exhibition curated by Sébastien Marot showcased at CCB – Garagem Sul, we propose a tour to an iconic Greenhouse in Lisbon – Estufa Fria – that has multiple connections with the themes addressed by Agriculture and Architecture.

On this special visit with one of the authors of the Estufa Fria rehabilitation project João Pedro Falcão de Campos is invited to present this plant shelter, which arose as a plant nursery for the Avenida da Liberdade afforestation plan.  This intervention was motivated by the state of technical collapse of the metallic structure, essentially brings the updating of the design and the usefulness of the architectural elements. The metal structure was redesigned to serve as the infrastructure for the various nets as well, the wooden slatted panels that mitigate temperature fluctuations have been redesigned to cover the façades, and the ceiling height has been increased to simultaneously allow plant growth and future building changes along the main street. The proportion, chromatic palette and standardisation of the structure and slat system reveal the beauty of the garden and synthesise the attention given to the project.

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